TwispWorks Releases $24,000 in Small Business Emergency Grants

Native Americans gatherTwispWorks is proud to announce that we have completed our sixth round of Small Business Emergency Grants. Funding in this round focused on relief for businesses who lost revenue due to the 2021 wildfires. Although the demand exceeded our capacity, they funded sixteen businesses with grants of $1,500. A total of $24,000 was released. Grantees are:

 

The Barnyard Cinema
Classroom in Bloom
Curtlo Cycles
Darwood Outfitting
FORK
JD Outfitters LLC
Jupiter Observatory
Karina’s Clean Stay
Kind Ways Enterprises
Methow Moments Tent & Event Rental
Methow Reservations
Methow Valley Ciderhouse
Old Schoolhouse Brewery
Pinetooth Press
Rocking Horse Bakery
Skalitude Retreat & Education Center

In May of 2020, TwispWorks launched the Small Business Emergency Grants to provide relief for businesses impacted by the Covid-19 Pandemic. Partnering with the Methow Valley Long Term Recovery Group and Okanogan County Economic Alliance, the initial program gave businesses throughout the Methow Valley $1,500-$5,000 grants to cover essential expenses such as rent and utilities, advertising costs, and working capital to purchase goods. Over the course of the next year, they gave out a total of 63 grants and distributed $114,500 in Methow Valley’s business community.

This fall grants were given to businesses who lost revenue due to the 2021 wildfires. In light of the challenges and opportunities uncovered by COVID and the wildfires, we plan to continue Small Business Emergency Grants in the future with special consideration for businesses who want to invest in climate friendly and long-term resiliency changes. As part of our partnership with Methow Valley Citizen’s Council Climate Action Plan, we envision pivoting Small Business Emergency Grants to fund projects that would enable businesses to develop long term strategies and climate friendly practices, such as installing solar panels and other energy efficient technologies, developing online marketing tools, funding for training or business seminars, and other innovative projects.